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Fantasy Basketball: Kyle Lowry and Other December 5 Studs

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Fantasy Basketball 2012 December 5 Best Performers

December 5
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From great scoring performances to solid showings on defense featuring plenty of steals and blocks, elite individual performances can help owners win categories in Week 6 matchups. On Tuesday, December 4, Memphis Grizzlies PF/C Zach Randolph, Miami Heat SF/PF LeBron James and Indiana Pacers SG/SF Paul George made up the top three studs from yesterday. From Randolph putting up his best game of the season against the Phoenix Suns to James’ triple-double in a losing effort to the Washington Wizards, these players certainly provided great fantasy performances for their owners in Week 6.

With 11 games on Wednesday, December 5, 2012, fantasy squads had plenty of opportunities to improve their statistics in different categories. Who else provided fantasy owners with great numbers on this day of NBA</strong> action?

Wednesday, December 5, 2012 Honorable Mentions:

10. Los Angeles Clippers PF/C Blake Griffin – 19 points, 13 rebounds, five assists, two steals

9. Golden State Warriors SG/SF Klay Thompson – 27 points (4-4 free throws, five 3-pointers), two steals

8. Warriors PG Stephen Curry – 22 points (4-4 free throws, four made 3-pointers), 10 assists, four steals

7. Charlotte Bobcats PG Kemba Walker – 25 points (7-7 free throws, two made 3-pointers), 11 asssists

6. Los Angeles Lakers SG Kobe Bryant – 29 points (8-9 free throws), six rebounds, three steals

* The players’ percentage owned numbers for Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Basketball leagues and player statistics are accurate as of Wednesday, December 5, 2012. Player ranks are determined according to ESPN’s Daily Leaders list. FGM-A = Field Goals Made-Attempted, FTM-A = Free Throws Made-Attempted, 3PM-A = 3-Pointers Made-Attempted, GP = Games Played, PTS = Points, REB = Rebounds, AST = Assists, STL = Steals, BLK = Blocks, TO = Turnovers.

Austin Chang is a featured columnist and fantasy sports expert at Rant Sports and you can follow him on Twitter @_austinchang.

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5. PF/C Ryan Anderson, New Orleans Hornets

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5. PF/C Ryan Anderson, New Orleans Hornets (vs. Lakers, 98% owned)

Statistics: 35 minutes, 12-21 FGM-A, 2-2 FTM-A, 5-8 3PM-A, 31 PTS, 9 REB, 1 AST, 0 STL, 1 BLK, 0 TO

Season averages: 17 GP, .480 FG%, .870 FT%, 3.4 3PTM, 18.3 PTS, 8.0 REB, 1.4 AST, 0.4 ST, 0.4 BLK, 1.0 TO

Filling in for rookie Anthony Davis in the starting lineup, Anderson has been incredible in this role, serving as an excellent 3-point shooter and rebounder. While his return to the bench is eminent, the move may not have a negative effect on his productivity as long as he receives a similar amount of minutes as a reserve.

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4. PF/C Al Horford, Atlanta Hawks

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4. PF/C Al Horford, Atlanta Hawks (vs. Denver Nuggets, 99% owned)

Statistics: 42 minutes, 12-20 FGM-A, 1-1 FTM-A, 0-1 3PM-A, 25 PTS, 12 REB, 4 AST, 4 STL, 1 BLK, 3 TO

Season averages: 14 GP, .542 FG%, .533 FT%, 0.0 3PTM, 16.6 PTS, 9.6 REB, 3.5 AST, 0.7 ST, 1.1 BLK, 1.9 TO

For the fourth time in five games, Horford posted a double-double for the Hawks. With efficiency on both sides of the ball, he was particularly useful with four steals and a block against the Nuggets. Playing a big number of minutes in every game, Horford is healthy and providing huge dividends for his owners.

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3. PG Ty Lawson, Denver Nuggets

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3. PG Ty Lawson, Nuggets (at Hawks, 99% owned)

Statistics: 37 minutes, 12-16 FGM-A, 3-4 FTM-A, 5-5 3PM-A, 32 PTS, 1 REB, 7 AST, 5 STL, 0 BLK, 4 TO

Season averages: 19 GP, .425 FG%, .603 FT%, 1.0 3PTM, 14.4 PTS, 2.6 REB, 7.2 AST, 2.1 ST, 0.1 BLK, 3.3 TO

Quite impressive in a loss to the Hawks, Lawson’s season-high 32 points was punctuated by a perfect 5-for-5 from long range. Filling up that stat sheet in more ways than one, he also chipped in with five steals and looks like the No. 1 scoring option for a team lacking a superstar.

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2. PF/C Al Jefferson, Utah Jazz

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2. PF/C Al Jefferson, Utah Jazz (vs. Orlando Magic, 100% owned)

Statistics: 35 minutes, 13-20 FGM-A, 5-5 FTM-A, 0-0 3PM-A, 31 PTS, 15 REB, 2 AST, 1 STL, 0 BLK, 1 TO

Season averages: 20 GP, .484 FG%, .803 FT%, 0.1 3PTM, 17.4 PTS, 10.7 REB, 2.0 AST, 1.1 ST, 1.1 BLK, 1.5 TO

Like Lawson, Jefferson also set a season-high in points on this night. While he certainly put up an excellent showing, he did leave near the end of the game with back spasms. Thankfully not a serious injury, he could be back in action by the team’s next game.

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1. PG Kyle Lowry, Toronto Raptors

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1. PG Kyle Lowry, Toronto Raptors (at Sacramento Kings, 98% owned)

Statistics: 38 minutes, 9-20 FGM-A, 12-12 FTM-A, 4-9 3PM-A, 34 PTS, 5 REB, 11 AST, 1 STL, 0 BLK, 3 TO

Season averages: 13 GP, .427 FG%, .827 FT%, 1.9 3PTM, 18.3 PTS, 5.7 REB, 6.0 AST, 1.6 ST, 0.7 BLK, 2.5 TO

Lowry followed up his great 24-point, seven-assist outing against the Nuggets a couple nights ago with an even bigger individual performance on Wednesday. Once again perfect at the free throw line, he was an aggressive point guard who got to the line and found many teammates for assists. After missing six games earlier in the season, Lowry appears to be back in the elite category of point guards.